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Excellent. Deep but accessible. Page-turner.,
This review is from: Improbable: A Novel (Hardcover)This book manages to deliver mostly accurate stats and probability to a lay audience, encapsulated in a bullet train of a plot line. This is such a page-turner.
The dust jacket misled me, because it mentions one of the only trite elements in the story (Russian card houses). Reading the actual book, you instead find originality and depth.
Thoughtful people will find this explores a profound subject colorfully. Less contemplative readers -- daytime TV types -- may miss the deeper points and focus irrationally on details like the Russian mob, which accounts for 5 pages out of 400.
It's astonishing to me that some reviewers (below) judged the entire book based on those minor points, or even on occasionally nonstandard grammar and diction. How incredibly shallow. These folks probably also hate incompetent grammarians like William Faulkner and e.e. cummings.
Robert A. Heinlein explored the subject of mental control over probability as far back as the 1950s (see "Waldo & Magic, Inc."). Now THAT was a shallow treatment.
"Improbable," by contrast, does it right.